Travis Frederick Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Wisconsin C

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2013

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis #4 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with Travis Frederick #72 after Abbrederis  scores on a 38-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Travis Frederick

Dallas Cowboys

First Round: 31st Pick

Since 2007, five Wisconsin offensive linemen have been selected within the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Travis Frederick could be the latest addition to that list.

Like many Badger linemen who have come before, Frederick isn't the most impressive athlete, but he's a nasty, physical run-blocker who demonstrates elite fundamentals.

His physical attributes may limit the number of teams interested, but if he lands in the right situation he should be an immediate starter at the next level.





Frederick's best asset is his physical style. He's a mauler who can hold his ground in one-on-one battles with any defensive lineman.



He is especially valuable as an a power run-blocker who can easily drive a defensive lineman off his spot to create holes up the middle. 




In tight spaces, Frederick is an immovable object and will win the overwhelming majority of his battles. But ask him to move or make plays in space, and his effectiveness diminishes greatly. 

Frederick simply isn't an athlete and lacks the ability to get to the second level, or the footwork to stay with interior pass-rushers when they have room to operate. 




Frederick is built like a prototypical run-blocking interior lineman. He weighed in at 312 pounds at the combine, but probably played closer to 325 pounds during the season. 



In terms of athleticism, Frederick is well below average compared to the typical NFL center. He struggles to get to the second level and lacks the lateral mobility to make plays in space. For this reason, he won't be a great fit in every blocking scheme. 



Intangibles/Character/Injury Concerns

Frederick is a typical old-school offensive lineman. He has a reputation as a lead-by-example type teammate and is the ultimate team player.

He's suffered a number of minor injuries throughout his career, but none that cause reason for concern.

During his senior year in high school, Frederick played through a broken arm, demonstrating his toughness at a young age. As a true freshman he missed two games with an ankle injury. He also missed a game with a foot injury in 2011.






Frederick won't fit into some of the new offensive systems spreading around the league.

Any team running a zone-blocking scheme or a read-option offense will likely drop Frederick on their board, or even remove him altogether, due to his limited mobility. Frederick is most valuable when engaged immediately off the snap, and these schemes won't always put him in those positions. 

Teams featuring more of a traditional power running game will prefer Frederick and may view him as an immediate starter.




Frederick is a rare interior lineman who can win one-on-one battles with bull-rushing nose tackles. When he's engaged immediately off the snap, he will win almost every battle. 

When Frederick struggles in pass protection, it's often because the play has broken down and the pass-rusher has space to move. Frederick's lateral mobility is limited, so when an interior pass-rusher has room to maneuver around him, Frederick will lose those battles. 







Frederick is a mauler in the run game. He consistently stays low, giving him great leverage, and he uses his legs to drive his man off his spot.

For these reasons, he is particularly effective at clearing space in short yardage situations.



Blocking In Space/Recovery 

This is the area where Frederick struggles most. He lacks the speed to consistently get to the second level. Even when he does get to the second level, he lacks the mobility to handle blocking in space, especially against more athletic linebackers.





When he's in his element, Frederick is among the best in the game in terms of his fundamentals. He consistently stays low in his stance and can anchor against the bull rush.


He also possesses impressive upper body strength, which allows him stand up defenders and take away their leverage.



Future Role/Versatility

Frederick's future in the NFL depends on the type of system in which he lands. Certain teams—the Cowboys are a great example—tend to prefer size over athleticism in their offensive linemen. These types of teams should love Frederick, and he could project as a guard or center in their scheme.